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SENIORS BEAT TEEMORE TO REMAIN IN DIVISION 1
Oct. 8, 2012
SENIORS: Belcoo 1-10 v 1-5 Teemore
Belcoo secured their Division 1 status with a 1-10 to 1-5 victory over Teemore on Sunday. The defeat for the Shamrocks sees them make a swift return to the 2nd tier of Fermanagh Football.
Belcoo had flirted with relegation all season but were comfortable winners on the day having taken an early lead they never relinquished. That been said they had to see off a brave late flurry from Teemore who, had they scored a late penalty, would surely have set up a grandstand finish.
The two sides traded frees to begin the contest with Stephen Maguire pointing for the hosts while John Fitzpatrick did likewise at the other end. Shane McCabe, who produced one of his best displays in the Belcoo blue despite been tightly marked throughout hit his sides 2nd score before Ciaran Flaherty landed the third. Gerry Quinlon and a free from Liam Martin levelled matters by the midway stage but Belcoo would finish the half on top.
Emmet Scollan was heavily involved down the left wing in the opening period and the O'Rahillys got their goal on 18minutes as a result of a move down that side. The ball eventually been worked to Paul McGrath who launched it into the square, Gerard Mellor and Teemore goalkeeper Stan Curry competed for the dropping ball which broke kindly to the on-rushing Damian Holleran who fisted into the net.
Belcoo should have extended their lead but Flaherty was wayward on two occassions from great positions although McCabe would land a fine point from an acute angle on the left. The hosts were enjoying a dominant spell around the middle and when McGrath took a clean kickout and offloaded to Maguire, the former county star hit a racking 60yard diagonal ball inside to McCabe, he brushed past his marker before firing a shot at goal which seen Curry produce a wonderful save to tip the ball on the crossbar.
Maguire who land another free was while McCabe hit his third score of the half before a Fitzpatrick free left the score 1-6 to 0-4 at the interval.
Teemore had the aid of a slight breeze in the second half but their direct ball into the forward line was been dealt with by a solid Belcoo defence, Brian Cox operatiing in an unfamilar roll at full back was impressing while the Leonards alongside were also on top of their game.
The first 10mins second half was fiercely contested but yielded no score for either side.
Stephen Maguire popped over a close range free on 42minutes before McCabe again landed a neat point off the left boot to push Belcoo 7points clear, 1-8 to 0-4. Teemore needed a win to retain any hope of survival and they were handed a lifeline as a misplaced pass out of the Belcoo defence was given straight to Joey Donegan who rattled in an unstoppable goal. Declan O'Reilly followed up with a point and all of a sudden it was game on again.
Belcoo however managed to reassert themselves as Maguire tapped over a free before McCabe notched another fine point from play to put his side 1-10 to 1-5 ahead. Teemore were awarded a penalty 3minutes from time as Hughie Brady was taken down but Stan Curry put the spot kick wide and with it went Teemore's hope of getting something from the game. Belcoo closed out the game comfortably in the end to retain their place in the top flight.
Team: James McGrath, Gavin Leonard, Brian Cox, Emmet Scollan, Declan Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Eoin Leonard, Paul McGrath, Stephen Maguire (0-4), Aaron Dolan, Ciaran Flaherty (0-1), Philip Leonard, Damian Holleran (1-0), Gerard Mellor, Shane McCabe (0-5).
LEAGUE TABLE AT 8th OCTOBER 2012
|SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1|
Sunday 14th October at 1pm.
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